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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


The U-M Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion website offers an easy way to search for resources throughout the University by need and topic.

In collaboration with other programs and staff, the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO) is available to provide consultation and support pertaining to needs such as request for accommodations or conflict resolution. You may set up an appointment by email, or drop in to discuss issues or ask questions about your experiences at SMTD. The CDIO will work to ensure you are connected to the appropriate persons or office to address your needs, ideas, or concerns.

SMTD is also fortunate to have an embedded Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) representative involved in activities and services that strengthen our school to be supportive, engaged and connected around student mental health.

Emily Laura Hyssong, LMSW
Embedded Counselor - School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
University of Michigan

SMTD also offers opportunities and promotes external programs that can support our goal of remaining relevant in our diverse and ever-changing world.

  • Student Diversity and Inclusion Grants (DIGs) Application – SMTD grants funding for current SMTD students to support professional development, conference attendance, student organization activities, or emergency support. Please contact the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for more information or to request a Word document of the application, if you are unable to use the application link.
  • Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Grants (DIGs) Application – SMTD offers Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion grant funds for SMTD faculty and staff interested in promoting DE&I among colleagues and within the classroom, as well as continue personal growth. Funds may be requested for activities in furtherance of our goal to recognize and utilize the benefits of diversity, create inclusive spaces to broaden perspectives and foster equitable opportunities and engagement. Please contact the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for more information or to request a Word document of the application, if you are unable to use the application link.
  • DEI Ambassadors Application – You can help promote diversity, equity and inclusion at SMTD as a DEI Ambassador for 2017-2018. Assist with meeting and greeting students, collecting feedback, coordinating DEI events, and more. Each DEI Ambassador will receive funding for project support, mentorship, training, and the opportunity to have first-hand involvement in making SMTD more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. If you have any questions or need a Word document of the application, please contact Freyja Harris, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at
  • LEAD Scholars - The Alumni Association offers scholarships to highly qualified, admitted students who can enhance diversity at the University of Michigan in terms of race, gender, or ethnicity. Students MUST be admitted to the University of Michigan before applying for the LEAD Scholarship.
  • ArtsEngine - ArtsEngine’s mission is to foster and champion the collaborative creative production of students and faculty through making, instruction, research, community and the arts at the University of Michigan.
  • EXCEL – Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Career Empowerment & Leadership (EXCEL) catalyzes success for U-M SMTD students and alumni through courses, co-curricular workshops, ongoing mentoring, and $100,000 in student project and venture funding.
  • Michigan Artist Citizen (MAC) - SMTD has partnered with the School of Social Work since 2013 to create an El Sistema-inspired project at Ann Arbor's Mitchell Elementary School. SMTD student volunteers in the MAC program benefit from mentoring by SMTD student teachers as well as AAPS music teachers.
  • Youth and Adult Programs (YAP) - YAP offers high-quality performing arts programming in three different areas: Youth Education, Adult Learning, and Community Outreach.
  • Office of Services for Students with Disabilities– SSD supports the University’s commitment to equity and diversity by providing support services and academic accommodations to students with disabilities.
  • Spectrum Center - The Spectrum Center is committed to enriching the campus experience and developing students as individuals and as members of communities. Their work is accomplished through a student-centered, intersectional lens.

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